A Quandry!

Fandango’s Provocative Question #27. 17/6/19.

“If you could choose one — and only one — particular malady, condition, or disease for which a safe and effective treatment was available, what one condition would you choose to treat and why is that your choice?”


Before I answer this question, I would like to say I am having difficulties with the ethic’s involved; in that, I am struggling with the idea that a decision like that would have to be my choice. How could I make that choice? How could I doom a whole group of people to the continuation of suffering, whilst allowing some to be free from continued pain? Should I choose a condition I suffer from personally, or should I choose an issue that affects a wider variety of people and therefore benefits more and does greater good?

But I guess that is an argument for another debate, a question for another day.

For this exercise, I will suppose ethics are out of the equation and my choices are limited to those which I sufferer from myself, which gives a rather broad variety. I will also assume that both physical and mental conditions are on the table.

It is under these conditions that I would choose to cure EUPD (emotionally unstable personality disorder; also known as BPD (Borderline personality disorder))

This is a mental health condition and is characterised by:

  • You feel very worried about people abandoning you and would do anything to stop that happening.
  • You have very intense emotions that last from a few hours to a few days and can change quickly (for example, from feeling very happy and confident to suddenly feeling low and sad).
  • You don’t have a strong sense of who you are, and it can change significantly depending on who you’re with.
  • You find it very hard to make and keep stable relationships.
  • You feel empty a lot of the time.
  • You act impulsively and do things that could harm you (such as binge eating, using drugs or driving dangerously).
  • You often self-harm or have suicidal feelings.
  • You have very intense feelings of anger, which are really difficult to control.
  • When very stressed, you may also experience paranoia or dissociation.

There have also been links drawn between mental health and physical pain, in that poor mental health has been shown to increase the risk factors of dying from diseases such as heart attack and cancer and in my case there is certainly a correlation between my mental health state and my ability to cope with my daily pains; when I am having a bad day mentally, I generally have a bad day physically and my pain score is much higher.

There is currently no cure for this condition, much like many mental health conditions; and there is unlikely to be any time soon. The condition is treated with a combination of medication and therapy on a hit and miss approach until something works. Much like the condition, there is no rhyme or reason to the treatment and I am currently taking antipsychotic medication as well as antidepressants and antianxiety tablets, all to treat symptoms; not treat the condition itself.

I would choose to cure this because it pervades every aspect of my life and its existence inhibits my ability to cope, and deal with all my other medical issues. This condition not only rules my mind, but it also rules my body, without that one condition I could be a completely different person.


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